This sand snob found a fresh favorite in cayman island villas for rent. Not divers I wasn`t sure what my loved ones would do on the recent escape to Grand Cayman. Grand Cayman is flat, over developed, expensive (all things are imported), certainly not my cup of tea. Or more I was thinking.
Being a travel professional I often feel pressured to find out and do as far as possible. Afterall, our greatest tool for planning exceptional escapes is our upfront experience. Sometimes I run around a lot that I think that I need a trip from my vacation! On Grand Cayman I could like a guilt-free beach holiday. After 2-72 hours of checking out the island, I needed just about seen all this so could enjoy most of my time soaking in the sun with your family.
We spent the initial nights at Coral Stone Club. A tiny, independently owned condominium complex on Seven Mile Beach (SMB) with 32 three bedroom, 3 bath units offered to rent every day. Based in three, three-story buildings, each of these 1800 square foot units have a similar layout and present views of the ocean. Some things to take note since these units are all individually owned you`ll get the dcor, bedding and kitchen amenities vary. Unlike a number of the larger condo complexes here, it is possible to select and book a certain unit at Coral Stone Club. For families with small children I would recommend choosing a bottom floor unit. We found this incredibly helpful when our young son was getting a nap, I could possibly still sit down on our terrace with a book, start to see the ocean but still be within earshot. For those searching for a quieter location, pick a top floor unit that contain vaulted ceilings and unobstructed ocean views. This is a true self-catering condo complex and the staff is virtually non-existent. Once we arrived on a Saturday one of several housekeepers we will from the unit together with the instructions to check on-in with the desk on Monday. Furthermore, i didn`t discover the staff in front desk every one of the insightful when I asked for their personal recommendations on items to see & do. Remember though that almost all people staying here are either owners or vacationers which have been coming for many years. Hanging out from the pool is definitely the move to make inside the afternoon as being the owners get together like long-lost friends and welcome us new timers. Those are the real lot of information with insider recommendations on things to see and experience while in Grand Cayman. We stayed in unit # 5 which we found to be really cozy and well-appointed. You could tell the owners are here frequently since there was every kitchen utensil and gadget imaginable available. You will probably find it odd which i was impressed with the however if you`re like me someone that frequently stays in cayman islands or private homes with extended family you`ll appreciate that. We appreciated the screened in porch and spent considerable time here enjoying meals and playing video games. The food store is all over the road within walking distance and you could you may want to bring the cart returning to the unit. The store will be sending staff later within the day to accumulate the carts from the neighboring condo properties. The real highlight here I feel may be the beach. Coral Stone Club enjoys an incredibly wide, clear area of beach with just the right balance of natural tree shade and beach loungers. I would recommend a remain at Coral Stone Club in a heartbeat for families looking for an upscale-yet-down-home beachfront vacation. This will additionally be an incredible destination for 2-3 couples to discuss a unit and savor a soothing holiday. Rates start at $695 per night. Plan your visit in the summertime months and receive your 6th night free!
Our next stop was the Caribbean Club just a couple doors down. If you`ve been to Grand Cayman you could possibly recall the Caribbean Club of old that was consisting of several cozy beach and garden cottages. After hurricane Ivan the latest owners completely tore down and rebuilt three luxurious towers bringing another measure of luxury to SMB. Having spent a couple of days at Coral Stone Club where I felt the accommodations were already quite nice, I did not expect the opulence of Caribbean Club. Separated into three towers which are in U shape facing the ocean, all units are huge at 2500 sq ft with three bedrooms and three baths and extremely richly appointed. Caribbean Club operates similar to a hotel because they actually do have full staff with daily maid service, concierge and room service available. Their on-site restaurant and bar Ristorante Luca serves up a delectable blend of Italian cuisine and fresh seafood and is an excellent spot to enjoy music from the evenings. All the units are individually owned and decorated and feature a large verandah facing either the pool or ocean. Due to the layout of your property when you are in a pool view unit, be ready to be right in addition to other people. Little privacy to be found here when all units basically face the other. The soil floor ocean front villa suites are particularly fantastic when you literally walk 4 steps from the verandah and possess your toes in the sand. Our particular unit was very luxurious although not as personalized or that child friendly (think glass tables and lots of breakables). Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our remain at Caribbean Club and I would recommend this property for those 80dexapky with teenagers, adolescents or several couples seeking luxury accommodations with a bit more options when it comes to dining and entertainment. Rates start at $650 per night in low season for a Tower ocean suite.
Yet another excellent option is the greater number of moderate Lacovia complex in lower SMB. Even closer George Town, this complex resembles much more of an apartment building with ample parking, your backyard pool in the center of the complex and a variety of accommodations from 1-2 bedroom units with either garden, pool or ocean views. Each unit is individually owned and decorated with a few units very moderate and updated and others`not so much. Each unit we saw was very clean, comfortable and included every one of the amenities one would expect of the rental. Why is Lacovia such an appealing option I feel is definitely the quiet atmosphere, fantastic beachfront location and value. One bedroom units start at just $290 per night in low season which just for this quality of accommodation in Grand Cayman is a great deal. Great choice for couples, families or single travelers seeking a location to escape everything.
Also worth mentioning will be the contact us. The only real five diamond resort around the island and the best choice if you are searching for the full service resort. With consistent Ritz Carlton services and amenities this resort delivers a full service spa (consistently ranked within the top 2 from the Caribbean) and some of the best restaurants in the island. Even when you don`t remain at the Ritz, make plans for dinner at 7 Prime Cuts & Sunset or BLUE by Eric Ripert which offers fine dining along with a romantic atmosphere. It is very important remember that the principle hotel can be found across the street through the beach so if you book garden or resort view rooms, you`ll have to walk for the beach by way of their air bridge. They generally do have an oceanfront tower right on the beach that is a few things i would recommend when your budget allows. This is basically the most suitable option for honeymooners seeking luxury. Rates start at $299 per night in low season with 5th night free. Oceanfront rooms start at $579 per night.